The Manitoba Moose have concluded the abbreviated, 36-game 2020-21 American Hockey League season. Finishing second in the all-new Canadian Division, the Moose ended the year on a 10-2-3 run in their final 15 games, continuing to climb the pack in the final month of the year.
Officially, Manitoba went 18-13-5 on the year, finishing behind only the 23-8-4 Laval Rocket, who sit atop the division with one game left to play. Serving as the first team within the Canadian Division to conclude the season, the Moose certainly did so in stride, picking up 23 of a possible 30 points in the stretch run.
After winning eight of nine game before heading to Belleville, Manitoba dropped four-straight to the Senators to conclude the season, two of which included overtime or shootout victories by the home team. Ending the year on the road with a 6-1 loss, Sunday marked the team’s most lopsided score against, having only given up six goals on two occasions prior to the final game of the year.
25-year-0ld forward Nathan Todd had a career year in this his second season within the AHL. After collecting one goal in 16 games with the Moose in 2019-20, the Kemptville, ON. product led Manitoba in scoring with 32 points. AHL rookie Jeff Malott led the team with 14 goals on the year.
Fellow rookie Cole Perfetti put up outstanding numbers as a 19-year-old within the pro ranks, earning nine goals and 26 points in 32 contests for the Moose. The Winnipeg Jets’ 2020 first round draft pick also had four power play goals on the season before he left the team to join the national team representing Canada at the World Championship.